Drake's 'One Dance' breaks billion mark on Spotify

NEW YORK • Drake's One Dance last Friday notched up another record - it is the first song to be played a billion times on Spotify.

The Canadian rapper's song, which in October became the most-streamed song on Spotify, had been played 1.002 billion times by early last Friday.

With a funk vibe and a minimalist beat, One Dance has been in heavy rotation at clubs and parties this year.

The track, which appears on Drake's top-charting album Views, features guest vocals by top Nigerian singer Wizkid and British house artist Kyla.

Drake's totals on Spotify, the largest site in the fast-growing format of streaming, comes even though he has a business tie-up with Apple.

The tech giant, whose upstart Apple Music is trying to catch up with Spotify, released Views exclusively for its first week although individual tracks appeared elsewhere.

Despite Drake's success, he was surpassed last month in the number of monthly listeners on Spotify by The Weeknd, a fellow Canadian.

And in a surprise to many music watchers, One Dance was not nominated for Record Of The Year or Song Of The Year at the Grammy Awards.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 19, 2016, with the headline 'Drake's 'One Dance' breaks billion mark on Spotify'. Print Edition | Subscribe